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* Articles / Three million EU nurses focusing on the European elections by katty: October 09, 2018, 09:55:55 AM
Alessia Gramuglia and Paul De Raeve, of the European Federation of Nurses Associations, explain why the united voice of three million EU nurses is key to addressing European policies on education, workforce and health outcomes.

EU health and social care systems are facing more pressure due to the need to respect sustainability constraints while delivering better outcomes. Such pressure has a strong impact on three million EU nurses who are required to ‘do more with less’. Therefore, with the prospect of the upcoming European Parliament elections, three million EU nurses call on national and EU politicians to enact concrete support to the nurses to be able to deliver the best outcomes for EU citizens and patients.

Being engaged in modernisation

Knowing that the nursing profession is one of the most mobile, a crucial issue for nurses is their free movement throughout the EU. To ensure the mobility of a sufficient, motivated, highly qualified nursing workforce, the EFN has been engaged in the modernisation of Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications modernisation towards Directive 2013/55/EU, leading to the development of Article 31 in the Directive, strengthening the existing minimum requirements for nurses’ education and training.

However, ensuring that the legal modernisations are being transposed into the national legislation is key.

Compliance with Directive 55 is crucial to ensure that nurses coming out of nursing schools are able to practise throughout the EU. If nursing curricula do not comply with the modernised directive, those nurses will not benefit from the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, but will fall under the general system, often leading to them being recognised as healthcare assistants when moving to other Member States.

There are severe consequences of non-compliance with EU directives, and the EFN guide to transpose Article 31 into national legislation is crucial to strengthen health and social care ecosystems and clinical outcomes.

In this sense, a step forward has been made with the adoption of the directive on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions, aiming to prevent national governments from creating new legislation without engaging the nursing voice. The adopted Proportionality Directive is therefore seen as a new legal tool, together with Directive 2013/55/EU, to strengthen nursing as a profession.

The EU-funded project ENS4Care has shown that nurses and social workers, with the right knowledge and skills, are well placed to add considerable value for innovation, forming an important link between technological innovation, health promotion and better outcomes. The proliferation of e-health tools and technologies requires nurses and social workers to understand the evidence base underpinning the available tools, and to ensure that they are selected and used appropriately, so the right outcomes can be monitored and evaluated.

Technology needs to empower and support nurses in data collection; therefore, involving EU nurses from the start of the co-design process, with specific attention to gender sensitivity, leads to the development of tools able to support women/nurses and allows them to spend more time with patients. This should be our top priority, supported by policymakers, politicians and industry.

Urgent concerns for EU nurses

Finally, when looking at the main challenges faced by the nursing profession, it is clear that one of the most urgent concerns relates to salaries. The 2008 cuts in healthcare system financing in the EU had a negative impact on health outcomes, with nurses, mostly women, expected to provide the same quality of care, if not better, with fewer resources, leading to burn-out and nurses leaving the profession. While practically every Member State needs more nurses to support the unmet needs of their population, little is done to achieve better working conditions that keep nurses in the profession. EFN members are strongly committed to ensuring that, at the EU and national levels, policymakers reverse the trends that nowadays see women overrepresented in lower paid and informal care-giving roles.

EU nurses have been disproportionately affected by HR policies that fail to consider their professional needs in employment contracts, incentives and career advancement opportunities.

Poor salaries, unsatisfactory working conditions and ‘no say’ in decision-making processes, particularly for frontline nurses, often leave women feeling isolated, disempowered and unappreciated.

It is therefore essential to have nurses’ voices shaping the European Pillar for Social Rights. As 92% of the nurses are women, incorporating positive working environments that support work-life balance is one important strategy in retaining a competent, experienced workforce.

Unification for EU nurses is key

The united voice of three million nurses is key to addressing EU policies on education, workforce and health outcomes, and to continue building trust with EU citizens to improve health and social care ecosystems. It is crucial that political decisions taken at the Council, Parliament and Commission better reflect the need for change as experienced by frontline nurses, and that their needs and concerns are part of the political discussion and inform the policymaking process.

Healthy and attractive working environments for all nurses are needed for their development across Europe, with a focus on supporting education, frontline practice and outcomes. Nurses call on politicians to champion an appropriately educated, supported and developed nursing workforce with fair working conditions to deliver person-centred care and promote health in the EU.

Paul De Raeve, RN, MSc,
MStat, PhD
Secretary General
European Federation of
Nurses Associations
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Alessia Gramuglia, BA MSc
Policy Advisor
European Federation of
Nurses Associations
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This article will appear in issue 7 of Health Europa Quarterly, which will be published in November 2018.
* Travel Nursing / Re: US Nurse Registration Step-by-Step Guide for Foreign Educated Nurses by Wendest: October 09, 2018, 03:58:06 AM
Also can I use my phone for the jurisprudence exam?
* Travel Nursing / Re: US Nurse Registration Step-by-Step Guide for Foreign Educated Nurses by Wendest: October 09, 2018, 03:41:50 AM
I think I made a mistake in filling out my Texas application form.  The place that they asked last practice date, I think I was supposed to write till date (since I am still practicing), but I filled in the date I signed the documents, which is about 4 months ago.  Do u know if there is anything I can do to correct dat?.
* Inventions / Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge by katty: October 08, 2018, 04:41:53 PM
Johnson & Johnson’s healthcare incubator JLABS is offering up to $100,000 in development grants and mentoring to nurses who have an idea for an innovative new medical device or health technology. According to the company, there are over 3.2 million nurses in the US, and their “Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge” aims to empower these healthcare workers to solve major care challenges.

“Nurses have ideas that can profoundly change lives, and at Johnson & Johnson, we’ve consistently provided support by educating, inspiring, and empowering those in the field,” said Michael Sneed, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs & Chief Communication Officer at Johnson & Johnson. “The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge was created to bring these ideas to life by pairing them with our vast network of resources and expertise. In the end, our goal is to use Johnson & Johnson’s scale, resources and know-how to help incredible ideas move forward.”

As people on the front lines of healthcare, nurses have a long history of introducing innovating new approaches to treating patients and are still uniquely positioned to be precipitating these changes today. In highlighting the role nurses play, Johnson & Johnson singles out several well-known historical healthcare workers who were the instruments of change in their time, along with examples of modern nurse innovators.

Florence Nightingale introduced sanitary and hygiene practices in the 1800s which helped prevent the spread of disease and save countless lives. Over a century later, Sister Jean Ward would show that light therapy could treat newborn jaundice. Today’s innovators, like Rebecca Koszalinski, make use of digital technologies; she developed the Speak for Myself app which allows patients to communicate with their care providers despite the challenges and limitations imposed on them by their condition.

However, according to a survey conducted this year by Harris Interactive UK, 41 percent of respondents said they didn’t know that nurses can help in the development of new medical technologies. However, 66 percent of those surveyed felt that anyone involved in the healthcare field would have the ability to invent new devices and procedures, and 75 percent thought that nurses specifically should be given the opportunity to share their ideas.

As part of Johnson & Johnson’s campaign to promote the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge, they’ve teamed up with journalist and author Maria Menounos, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

“I interacted with nurses every day and know that nurses do so much more than many people realize,” said Menounos. “They’re resourceful, creative problem-solvers. I truly believe we will all benefit from helping nurses develop their ideas for better patient care.”
The Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge officially started accepting submissions yesterday and will continue until February 1, 2019. A panel of judges will review the ideas and choose a winner based on uniqueness, feasibility and potential to impact human health, among other criteria.
* Upcoming Conference / Call For Abstracts 2018 Nigeria Family Planning Conference 4th-6th December by katty: October 08, 2018, 04:39:11 PM
The 5th Nigeria Family Planning Conference with the theme “Investment. Innovation. Inclusiveness is scheduled to hold from the 3rd to 6th December 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja - Nigeria.

Consequently, You are invited to submit an abstract on cutting-edge research and program results directed at facilitating and enabling individuals, families, and societies in Nigeria and in other low and middle-income countries to achieve their contraceptive and reproductive needs.

Full details on the website here
* News / Johns Hopkins School of Nursing celebrates 130 years by katty: October 08, 2018, 03:49:04 PM
Opening its doors in October 1889, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing—established as a hospital training school—would become a national model for nursing education. Laying its foundation with such pioneer nurses as Isabel Hampton Robb, Lavinia Dock, Adelaide Nutting, Elsie Lawler, Anna D. Wolf, and generations of others, the school is now the No. 1 graduate nursing school in the nation.

This past weekend, the School of Nursing kicked off its commemoration of the 130th anniversary of its founding—a celebration that will continue through October 2019 and highlight the school's continuing leadership in nursing education, research, and practice, locally and globally.

"As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, it is truly meaningful to see that our vision to empower and educate nurses has not wavered since our founding and is just as purposeful today as it was 130 years ago," says Patricia Davidson, dean of the nursing school. "Hopkins nurses, across the generations, are united through our tremendous knowledge, insight, skill, leadership, and cultural competence. Not only are we commemorating the nursing legacy that has strengthened us in the past, but also our future work and the impact we will continue to have on health care, the profession, and the well-being of communities across the world."

The school became a degree-granting division of the greater Johns Hopkins University in 1984, after its long history in leadership and innovation. It has since expanded its programs to include a full-range of opportunities for students. The now all-graduate curriculum offers masters and doctoral degrees, post-degree certification, post-doctoral opportunities, prerequisite courses, and more. Today, the school consistently remains top-ranked in the nation and world for its education, research, and practice and is devoted to fostering diversity, leadership, and excellence in scholarship.

Throughout their history, the school and nurses in the Johns Hopkins Health System have partnered in education, practice, and research. The Johns Hopkins-affiliated hospitals provide student education and clinical placement opportunities, and both institutions maintain a vision for person-centered care, leading health care reform, and partnering in education and community health efforts.

Most recently, the School of Nursing appointed Deborah Baker, senior vice president for nursing at the Johns Hopkins Health System and vice president for nursing and patient care services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, to serve as the school's associate dean for health systems partnership and innovation. Through her position, she will formally strengthen the school-health system alignment by providing a more seamless union between learning and application and developing workforce readiness.
* News / 2019: Retired Female Nurse Emerges PPN Gubernatorial Candidate in Adamawa by katty: October 08, 2018, 10:11:20 AM
A retired nurse, Mrs Lami Musa has emerged as the governorship candidate of People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN) for Adamawa in the just concluded primaries of the party.

Musa who is the only female candidate to emerge so far as governorship candidate in Adamawa, was endorsed through affirmation by delegates of the party to fly its flag in 2019.

State Chairman of the party, Mr Christopher Nicholas lauded the hitch-free conduct of the primaries and urged party members to work assiduously toward her victory and that of other candidates of the party.

In her acceptance speech, Musa thanked the delegates for endorsing her and urged them to work as a team to  ensure the success of the part in 2019 general elections.

Source: Vanguard Newspaper
* News / Ghana: I’ll Give All Nurses Jobs in My 2nd Coming – Mahama by katty: October 07, 2018, 06:31:15 AM
Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he will create more jobs for nurses and other health workers if he is elected as president again.

Mr Mahama said his government had the intention to build health facilities in every district so as to create room for more nurses and other health workers to be employed.

That intention, he said, was not understood very well by the nurses, thus, leading to agitations and protests against his government at the time he was in office.
The former president revealed that the next NDC government would, therefore, dialogue with the nurses about the best way forward in achieving that goal.

Should he return to office, he said, his government will continue with the expansion of health facilities to accommodate all nurses.

Mr Mahama, who is campaigning to be flagbearer of the NDC again, said this at Nalerigu in the Northern Region after students of the Nalerigu Nursing Training College mobbed his convoy.

“If you don’t create new opportunities for health workers by building new facilities, then you cannot employ them…,” he said.

The NDC, he noted, “will continue the process that we started of expanding hospitals, building new hospitals and creating opportunities for our health workers to tackle employment”.

In his view, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has brought untold hardships on Ghanaians since, according to him, the party made lofty promises which its government is yet to fulfill.

Mr Mahama said the next NDC government will assuage the plight of Ghanaians.

credit: adomonline
* News / Shortage of Nurses: US Hospital Deploys Moxi Robot to Support Nurses by katty: October 07, 2018, 06:23:46 AM
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has become the first US hospital to deploy Moxi, a ‘socially intelligent’ robot from Diligent Robotics, designed to support healthcare teams.

The robot is intended to help overcome the the physical, mental, and emotional challenges faced by overburdened nurses. According to NSI Nursing Solutions, the average turnover rate for Registered Nurses (RNs) in hospitals hovers around 20 percent in their first year in the field.

It is hoped that Moxi will be able to assume some of the more menial tasks currently carried out by nurses at the hospital, freeing them up to spend more time caring for patients. This includes filling shelves in supply rooms, setting up and stocking rooms for patients, and running labs.

Moxi features LED ‘eyes’ and two arms capable of picking up light equipment. The robot navigates the world using cameras and LiDAR, which measures distance by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor.

Speaking to CBS about the research project, Cole Edmonson, of Texas Health Resources, said:

“We want to learn where nursing intersects with socially and artificially intelligent robotics in the daily processes of caring for patients and families, really investigating how this kind of technology can help nurses focus more on the direct needs of our patients by alleviating the more routine, non-clinical duties of caregivers.

“Nurses and other caregivers want to spend more time with their patients and on high-value work that improve outcomes at the end of the day. By participating in this project, we are creating the future today and setting a national research agenda that will create a path forward for caregivers and robots working side by side in a human environment.”

Andrea Thomaz, CEO and co-founder of Diligent Robotics, writes on the company website:

Moxi’s goal as a robot is not to replace the jobs of people, but quite the opposite: to support people in their roles. Moxi supports clinical staff by augmenting logistical tasks that limit valuable patient care time.
“By executing non-patient facing, logistical tasks that clinical teams are responsible for, Moxi creates a more efficient and thoughtful environment, allowing for better patient care.”
Following a one-week demonstration period, Moxi has been introduced to the team on the neurology and stroke unit at Texas Health Dallas, where a month-long pilot will determine the viability of using the robot in the long-term.

Internet of Business says

The practical application of robotics in healthcare settings is already well established. Yet, current uses are largely limited to robot-assisted surgery.

With healthcare services around the world under constant pressure to limit expenditure and improve the quality of care, robotics could step in to more mobile roles.

There is little margin for error, however. It doesn’t matter how well Moxi ‘smiles’ when addressed if the robot ends up placing medicines in the wrong location, or otherwise disrupting hospital procedures.

Nonetheless, it is early days and such studies are vital to paving the way to the hospitals of the future, in which robots will undoubtedly be integral.

Elsewhere, Robots are expected to transform Japan’s social care by 2020

* News / Philippines: DOH to address needs of nurses in Calabarzon by katty: October 06, 2018, 03:49:22 PM
The Department of Health (DOH) Region 4-A Office said that it will provide more significant programs for nurses in the region known as Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) to further enhance their skills and knowledge.

“We will provide the needed educational programs to ensure that their capabilities and qualifications respond appropriately to the health needs of the people and challenges of times,” said DOH- Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.

Janairo said the DOH recently conducted a “Hospital and Public Health Nurse Conference,” aiming at increasing the knowledge and competencies of the nurses in the Calabarzon region.

The conference gave “essential updates, introduced new policies, and strengthen the service delivery network to improve the quality of care in the community and hospital setting,” he said.

He said that the work of nurses is both physically and emotionally demanding, as they are expected to accommodate the growing health needs of the region’s population of more than 14 million.

“They don’t just deliver care and provide physical and emotional comfort to patients and their families,” said Janairo.

“Their work also entails critical task such as monitoring and assessment of their patients and assists in the conduct of disease surveillance and initiating interventions in the communities to prevent outbreaks,” he added.
Source: Manila Times
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